Our last book of this series has been a favorite in our house since my kids were toddlers (and still is today!). Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, by Lloyd Moss, is fun to read and has great illustrations. In an effort to promote their love of music, my husband and I take them to a Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra concert at least once a year.
Before the concerts, there are activities for kids all over symphony hall:
This past Spring, we were lucky enough to hear some of the Boston Lyric Opera singers perform a couple of songs. My kids are too young to go the opera, so this was the perfect place to introduce them to it. There isn't a bad seat in the house and the songs are short and sweet.
My kids love to check out the stage before the show to try to identify the instruments which they learning about in Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin. And, did I mention that there is also a magic show performed during the concert? The magician performs tricks in-between songs, interviews some of the kids on stage (who say the cutest things) and even passes out glow sticks so the kids have a chance to try their hand at conducting.
The best part of the experience is watching these brave and amazing children perform gorgeous songs in harmony. The songs are usually ones that our kids have heard before like the Imperial March from Stars Wars.
Let us know if you go!